Charges filed in DPS trooper’s death


A Marble Falls man has been charged with criminally negligent homicide in the death of a DPS trooper killed when his patrol car was hit on I-35 as he worked a traffic stop.

Bond was set at $100,000 for Scott Douglas Taylor who was named in an indictment handed down by a Bell County Grand Jury last week.

Scott Douglas Taylor

Bell County District Attorney Henry Garza said he was arrested Friday.

He was charged in the death of DPS Senior Trooper Thomas Nipper who was killed just inside the Temple City Limits.

The crash occurred Saturday November 4, 2017  at about 3:05 p.m. on I-35 near mile marker 296.

The DPS unit was hit from behind by a 2017 Chevrolet pickup driven by  Taylor.

Taylor was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hospital with what were described as non-incapacitating injuries.

His passenger was identified as 45-year-old Carmen Bridges, also of Marble Falls who refused medical treatment.

The driver of the car originally stopped was also injured.

He was 21-year-old Nomar Torres of Fort Hood.

Torres had been driving a 2008 Mazda passenger car and  had been the object of the traffic stop.

Torres was taken to Baylor Scott & White Hospital in Temple with non-incapacitating injuries.

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